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Overall rating
88.54/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Lombard (Lb)
Bottling serie
Jewels of Scotland
Vintage
05.11.1996
Bottled
20.11.2015
Calculated age
19 years old
Casknumber
1818
Number of bottles
295
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5023777718119
Bottled for
Destillerie Kammer-Kirsch Exclusive
Added on
21 Oct 2019 3:55 pm by regnu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127.13

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Lb

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 points

  1. czjena scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the nose it has grain notes and light fruit. It's sweet, a few herbs and a nice yeasty note. Overall, immediately emerges as crystal clear Ben Nevis. Solid, calm, noble and yet powerful. I like it very much.
    In the mouth ... Also nice and smooth. Alcohol is very well integrated. Great grain notes again, subtle vanilla. The typical "dirty" of Ben Nevis Spirit is clearer than on the nose. Looks very round and appropriate for the age. Light grapes, citrus and fudge. Flawless and quaffable would probably write hs305. No bitterness. The finish is long and tempting to enjoy again.

    I think it's really very beautiful because it has grown old flawlessly and shows the typical Ben Nevis character without being overwhelmed by the tap. Highly recommended for the price.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    On the nose and on the palate a really great and sometimes typical Ben Nevis. Departure falls off a bit, I hoped more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Soft beginning, calm, grassy, flowery notes, fresh hay and malt, in addition fruity light grapes and green apples, light syrupy sweetness comes from now and then something artificial, with herbs and a fresh dough note. Looks very pleasant and shows a great Nevis character, I like it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft, creamy appearance, alcohol is well integrated, beautiful, fine maltiness with sweet vanilla, slightly citrus-like with light grapes, apples and slightly caramelized almonds, slightly spicy wood notes after fresh sawdust, everything looks harmonious and round.
    • Finish
      86 86
      long finish, spicy than on the palate, some vanilla and now honey-sweet and no longer this partly artificial sweetness.

  3. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Even after trying it several times: We will probably not become friends, the consistent missing notes do not match what I present under a good middle-aged exBourbon-Nevis (and I already had quite a few of them in the glass).
    • Nose
      85 85
      Apple juice, hairspray, crushed light grapes, then a clear hint of baby vomit.
      Some honey comes with a few drops of water, but everything becomes flatter.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Full, oily, then the aroma changes from the grape baby puke to calamus root.
      Pretty funky. And not very fruity.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A lot of wood, very bitter and acidic, especially with H2O.

  4. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is a lot of fun right from the start, aromas of apple, pear, vanilla, citrus, paired with a bit of meadow and great slightly sugary sweetness. Freshness and intensity alternate a little. Here and there hints of fresh dough and overall very intense and pleasant on the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Expectations are definitely rising, it is much deeper and darker in taste than the nose would have suggested. Very interesting, again some dough, vanilla, wood notes, some herbs and then full fruit and sweet again, but not quite as expected in the nose. White pepper is also noticeable. It remains full and intense. Occasionally there is something hoppy on the palate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the finish, nice spice remains relatively long ... a little pear and then hops again.

  5. LittlePeat scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very waxy; subtly citrus and melon fruity; a bit mineral and slightly woody. Very tasty and you can tell the solid age. The alcohol is very well integrated. A great Ben Nevis!

    Edit: Second try. Even better! Dried dry melon and - especially on the finish - ripe mango! Very fine.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Really rewards patience and the willingness to experiment with water. At first glance, I thought this would get 86 points at most. But after a while I got it.
    On the nose, you get the yeasty, rougher side of Ben Nevis, cereal-and-barley-heavy and very close to the make. On the tongue it transforms, becoming very malty, honeyed, with floral and fruity aspects. Without water, you don't sense much cask influence, which is perfectly fine, but I still wonder why this wasn't left in the cask for a few more years. I'd wager it would've been even more impressive at 22 years or older.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Without water, it's not especially fruity to start with, and the alcohol feels a bit. Yeasty, fermentary, slightly lactic and raw. There's a mineralic, metallic, greasy-workshop kind of feel to it, which is both typically Ben Nevis and reminiscent of Campbeltown. With time, more herbal and arboreal notes come out. Pine needles, eukalyptus, camphor, mint. Gets even a bit grassy now. Certainly very characterful for its age, and almost completely distillate-driven. I had this at 86 initially, but with time and patience, it edged closer to 87 points, as some soft (but lovely) wood tones came out and the initial harshness was much reduced. However, it is only when water is added that this really comes into its own, with immaculate, super crisp refill bourbon oak notes that were almost completely absent in undiluted form.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lovely, very sweet and intense arrival. In contrast to the nose, the alcohol is perfectly integrated here and doesn't burn at all. Okay, wow: this is much more coherent on the palate than on the nose, and the more accessible aspects of the Ben Nevis DNA are more present: heather honey, elderflower, even a bit of peach. It's also appropriately sooty, ashy and mineralic, with this impression of a walk on a rainy beach (wet sand and wet clothes) that I often get from "natural" Nevis bottlings. But most of all it's the sweetness that impresses me, perhaps because the (undiluted) nose seemed so much rawer and edgier.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honey and herbs. Mead? Very warming, with a slight tickle from the high ABV. Pretty much no oak at all, only distillate sweetness.

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Ptahr scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, raw dough, almost buttery, slightly herbaceous and grassy
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lemon, vanilla, slightly bitter, grapes, light peach notes
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mirabels, malt notes, vanilla and herbs

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